Archive for January, 2012

2012 Patagonia @ Outdoor Retailer

The Patagonia progression continues. The Fall 2012 collection highlights include the Nano Puff Hybrid, which was an FYi driven development, to bring the best of two worlds together and create the ultimate layering garment. Another is the Light Flyer Jacket, which is a Gore-Tex winter trail running shell, which is designed to be worn as a system with the Thermal Flyer blended wool baselayer. The entire H2N0 shell collection also underwent a major redesign for Fall ’12. More details on the latest FYi x Patagonia design collaborations will be posted in the near future. Stay tuned. -TR

[ak] @ Outdoor Retailer

After 6 years of designing and developing Burton’s [ak] collection, Burton x FYi are taking different lines. The winter 2012 range that’s currently at retail, marks the last season of our collaboration together. As a positive bookend to an era, Burton sprung the global AK collection at Outdoor Retailer for the first time. Was fun to see the BTV crew pondering the SLC scene. John Lacy, Nick Simmons, and Greg Dacyshyn holdin’ it down at the Bayou.

New Balance 1099

New Balance has just released the new NB 1099 winter boot at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City. As a NB x FYi collaboration, the 1099 marks our first commercial footwear design and development project to go into production. We had a great time working with the New Balance team on this project. More info. on the details and development process of the 1099 will be posted in the near future. -TR

The Supernatural


Who engineers and builds the finest espresso machines in the world?

Kees van der Westen.
His 2nd generation ‘Speedster’ is pretty much the most advanced tool yet conceived for pulling state of the art espresso. Just read the review by Mark Prince over at Personally, I find the aesthetic design a bit over-the-top. I always favor a clean elegant-industrial look over elements bordering on decorative. However, the design of the Speedster is still much more thought out and refined than the LaMarzocca GS/3, which is really the only other truly world class machine for home use currently available (both require a 2nd mortgage to acquire as well). I do think I would like it even more with a few things taken away,  although…      that’s kind of like criticizing a Pagani Zonda for being over-designed. It’s a work of art by a true innovator and craftsman.  -TR

The [new] Baldface Lodge

Congrats to Jeff and the whole crew at Baldface. The new lodge looks amazing!!

Happy New Year from FYi

Crazy times. 2011 is in the bag, and 2012 kicks off with a bang. Cheers to the new year from the FYi crew!!